This month we have five copies of Race, Taste, Class and Cars by Yunis Alam to give away.
Love them or hate them, most of us have an opinion about cars. If not the cars themselves, then it’s driver competence and behaviour that can offend us. And then there’s modification: alloy wheels, custom audio systems and bespoke paint jobs. For some, changing the look, feel and sound of a car says something about themselves, but for others, such enhancements signify a lack of taste, or even criminality.
In subtle and complex ways, cars transmit and modify our identities behind the wheel. As a symbol of independence and freedom, the car projects status, class, taste and, significantly, embeds racialisation. Using fascinating research from drivers, including first-person accounts as well as exploring hip-hop music and car-related TV shows, Alam unpicks the ways in which identity is rehearsed, enhanced, interpreted.
If you are interested in receiving one of these free copies, please email BSA Membership by Friday, 14 August 2020 with your name and postal address and we will pick five winners at random. Please note that you must be a BSA member to enter this book draw. If you aren’t a member and would like to find out how to become one and see what other benefits are available to you, please visit the Membership section on the BSA website.
Thank you to everyone that entered our last book giveaway for Aesthetic Labour: Rethinking Beauty Politics in Neoliberalism by Ana Sofia Elias, Rosalind Gill and Christina Scharff. We had a great amount of interest in the book and are pleased to announce that the five winners were Patrick Hampshire, Julian Molina, Rachele Salvatelli, Tanisha Spratt and Tim Strangleman and they have all been notified. Congratulations to you all.